Opinionated Lesbian : Montrealhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/category/1020.aspxLocal news about Montrealen-USCommunityServer 1.1 (Build: bridge! The bridge! Pick the bridge!http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/06/16/4769.aspxFri, 16 Jun 2006 12:13:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4769eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4769.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4769Many will already know what they need to know about the upcoming Montreal <a href="http://www.montreal2006.org/home.html" target="_blank">Outgames</a> sporting event. Sports are good; community is good. Add as much mom and apple pie as you want.<br><br> But there are also things you should know. Because there are some problems. Like the fact that the Outgames are pushing out a bunch of homeless kids from a public square the young people have made into a place for themselves, in their own search for community. I touch on <a href="http://www.fabmagazine.com/features/296/outgames.html" target="_blank">the contradictions here.</a><img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4769" width="1" height="1">We won't be perfect, but we'll be better than Estoniahttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/06/07/4654.aspxWed, 07 Jun 2006 23:24:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4654eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4654.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4654The Danish ambassador to <a href="http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/en.html" target="_blank">Estonia</a> is <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5057142.stm" target="_blank">fleeing his posting</a> over what he calls overwhelming racism and homophobia. <a href="http://www.vm.ee/eng/kat_176/2372.html" target="_blank">"Mr [Hans] Glaubitz</a> said he and his partner, a black Cuban man, were regularly insulted when they went out."<br><br> Just so: "It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads as a 'nigger' and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO."<br><br> This is on the streets, not at goverment functions. "An <a href="http://www.riik.ee/en/" target="_blank">Estonian</a> foreign ministry spokesman said the men had been well received at an official level, but expressed 'regret' over any public abuse."<br><br> And this analysis from Estonian poli-sci prof <a href="http://www.ut.ee/SOAH/inglise/kattel.htm" target="_blank">Rainer Kattel:</a> Estonia has "not really gone through the enlightenment revolution. Estonia does have latent racism, but it is not violent like in other countries. If you are openly gay and of a different race people will make mean comments to you," he said.<br><br> And where are Glaubitz and his spouse going next? Why, Mr G. is to become the Dutch consul-general in Montreal. Aw! It's gotta be a reward for putting up with all the other crap. We can feel a bit smug about that. But not <a href="http://www.montrealmirror.com/2005/072105/diverscite7.html" target="_blank"> too smug.</a><br><br><br> (Thanks to Eric for the forward!) <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4654" width="1" height="1">I'll glue some pretty petals to ithttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/06/01/4616.aspxThu, 01 Jun 2006 13:15:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4616eleanor1http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4616.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4616Quebec's new blanket <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/smoking/index.html" target="_blank">ban on smoking</a> in bars, restos and (gasp!) bingo halls will result in 135 tonnes of ashtrays in landfills. (No, I don't know how they came up with this imaginary number. Stop questioning authority.)<br><br> This morning's <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=31ed56af-a1e9-45bd-b59e-ad52dcf4d70d&k=10131" target="_blank">Gazoo</a> notes that <a href="http://www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/client/fr/accueil.asp" target="_blank">Recyc-Quebec</a> is asking ashtray owners to drop them off, before June 30, at one of the province's 26 ecocentres. The glass ones can't be popped into regular recycling bins because the quartz is so thick it'll gum up the machines, and each needs to be pulverized separately.<br><br> Metal ashtrays can also be recycled. As for the porcelain and ceramic, Recyc-Quebec is going to push artists to take them for use as artistic materials: I guess bureaucrats are hoping for some <a href="http://members.telering.at/pat/soc.htm" target=_"blank">socialist realism?</a> Unless artists are so poor they can't even afford ashtrays? I rather wish the state would offer the ciggies, instead.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4616" width="1" height="1">No more dancing on the speakershttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/29/4441.aspxSat, 29 Apr 2006 17:16:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4441eleanor1http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4441.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4441<a href="http://www.club-unity2.com/" target="_blank">Unity</a> went up in flames yesterday. The fire started around noon on the rooftop terrace, with 150 firefighters reportedly taking four hours to put out the flames at the <a href="http://community.iexplore.com/planning/journalEntryActivity.asp?JournalID=8943&EntryID=39538&n=Unity+II" target="_blank">Montreal gay bar.</a> The Gazoo quotes a firefighter -- er, the fire department chief of operations -- as saying it looked like an accident. No one was in the building at the time.<br><br> That is all. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4441" width="1" height="1">The play's the thinghttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/28/4439.aspxFri, 28 Apr 2006 11:58:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4439eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4439.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4439"The play which turned a nice quiet young woman named <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/hellman_l.html" target="_blank">Lillian Hellman</a> into one of the best-known modern playwrights -- <a href="http://www.nyu.edu/classes/jeffreys/gaybway/gayhollywood/ChildrensHour.htm" target="_blank">The Children's Hour</a> -- again comes to life in all its tragic fascination Thursday night at the Coronet," wrote <a href="http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1854" target="_blank">Harry Gilroy</a> in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/" target="_blank">New York Times</a> on Dec. 14, 1952.<br><br> But the play itself first saw the stage 18 years earlier. What a run! And in Montreal, The Children's Hour premiered in 1949, the very <a href="http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Th%E9%E2tre%20du%20Rideau%20Vert" target="_blank">first play to be performed</a> at a new spot called the <a href="http://www.rideauvert.qc.ca/compagnie/historique.php" target="_blank">Theatre du Rideau Vert.</a> En français, it was "Les innocentes." (Rideau Vert was also integral to building Quebecois theatre -- these folks were the first to take a chance on the very gay <a href="http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Les%20Belles-soeurs" target="_blank">Michel Tremblay,</a> who sympathetic drag queens and street level French (<i>joual</i>) changed the cultural landscape. But that's another story.)<br><br> A memorial service was held this week for one of Rideau Vert's co-founders, <a href="http://www.bce.ca/prixgg/pastrecipients/palomino_content_en.html" target="_blank">Mercedes Palomino,</a> who <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/arts/story.html?id=4811f0f1-b472-40ab-ad5d-38a657695a6b" target="_blank">died April 18</a> at 93.<br><br> Nineteen-forty-nine, in Catholic-run Quebec. The choice of inaugural production was pretty darned courageous. It was <a href="http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0007945" target="_blank">"well received by a small audience."</a> One day, I'll find the reviews in the old Montreal papers..... As Gilroy noted in the Times, "Most people interested in the theatre probably know this is a drama about a girl in a boarding school who spreads the story that two women have an abnormal attachment for one another."<br><br> How hilarious (now) it is to discover that a writer could not mention lesbianism outright in a piece about a piece about lesbianism.<br><br> But that was the way we were.<br><br> Hellman's first production was a mess. No big-name actresses would take on the lead roles, "afraid that police would close the play." It was said a big-name critic refused to even attend, ensuring that the show was shut out of that year's <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/" target="_blank">Pulitzer Prizes</a> (which that year went to something called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoe_Akins" target="_blank">"The Old Maid").</a> Writes <a href="http://www.turnerclassicmovies.com/ThisMonth/Article/0,,99329%7C99330%7C18608,00.html" target="_blank">another pundit,</a> "At the time, any mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal in New York State. The play was such a success and so widely praised by critics that the authorities overlooked its subject matter (the law would rarely be enforced until it was repealed in the '60s)."<br><br> Hellman's ouevre was inspired by the Scottish <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/nyrb/authors/7422" target="_blank">William Roughead</a>'s <a href="http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/733e7311d0c12a39.html" target="_blank">"Bad Companions,"</a> published in 1930. In the chapter "Closed Doors, or The Great Drumsheugh Case," wrote Gilroy, "there is the story of a scandal in Edinburgh in 1809, caused by a malicious child who said that the two headmistresses at her school had 'an inordinate affection' for each other."<br><br> Hellman can't help but tell the reporter that she's not a lesbian, but it's so slyly done that I can't be too crabby with her: "One thing that has struck me about The Children's Hour is that anyone young [she was 26] ordinarily writes autobiographically. Yet I picked on a story that I could treat with complete impersonality. I hadn't even been to boarding school -- I went to a school here in New York."<br><br> Two movies are based on The Children's Hour.<br><br> The first is titled <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028356/" target="_blank">"These Three."</a> It was made in 1936, starring cutie <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0643353/" target="_blank">Merle Oberon.</a> Hellman adapted the play herself... and the lesbian element was excised. Snipped out like it never existed. The second woman is instead believed to be schtupping her best friend's guy. (As <a href="http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s665hour.html" target="_blank">one reviewer noted,</a> the original concept, although allowed on the New York stage, could not be presented as is for the masses: "it was considered far too raw for the new <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/beyond/hollywood.html" target="_blank">Production Code,</a> which would barely allow movies to acknowledge the existence of things like divorce." And <a href="http://www.turnerclassicmovies.com/ThisMonth/Article/0,,99329%7C99330%7C18608,00.html" target="_blank">another critic notes:</a> "According to legend, when [independent producer <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/goldwyn_s.html" target="_blank">Sam Goldwyn ]</a> was warned that he couldn't film the play because it was about lesbians, he replied, 'That's okay; we'll turn them into Americans.' In truth, he was convinced to purchase the screen rights when Hellman argued that the play was really about the power of a lie."<br><br> Sadly, the flick has a sappy ending.<br><br> Twenty-five years later, director <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/wyler_w.html" target="_blank">William Wyler</a> went back and filmed it all over again. And he and Hellman, again adapting her own play for the screen, were able to do it right. Sort of. It's more true to the original, but not a great movie.<br><br> Weirdly, some scenes in both movies are mirror images. It's an odd deja vue.<br><br> The 1961 film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054743/" target="_blank">"The Children's Hour"</a> is full of innuendo, and at least this time, it's lesbian innuendo. (The Production Code still banned the use of the word.) Both women consider the accusation sickening -- although the one who discovers her true sexuality by the end of the flick... kills herself. Liberal and homo moviegoers hated this, of course, and blamed Hollywood. It's in fact the way the play was written. Blame Hellman. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4439" width="1" height="1">Too easy?http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/27/4436.aspxThu, 27 Apr 2006 16:05:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4436eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4436.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4436The Ryerson Review of Journalism's newest issue <a href="http://www.rrj.ca/issue/2006/spring/616/" target="_blank">has a go</a> at the <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/index.html" target="_blank">Montreal Gazette:</a> "To expand readership, The Gazette has made some impressive editorial improvements. Sadly, they may not be enough to attract the one audience it needs for long-term survival." <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4436" width="1" height="1">My head hurtshttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/22/4417.aspxSat, 22 Apr 2006 15:33:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4417eleanor2http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4417.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4417Can we accept the loony if it's irrelevant to a visionary's main task? I speak of Montreal's Great Green Hope, <a href="http://www.projetmontreal.org/equipe/biographie.php?lang=en" target="_blank">Richard Bergeron,</a> who ran on a municipal transit platform in the last municipal election that seemed quite progressive. (True, his promise of heated bus stops was a bit much, but I attributed that silly statement to a brief moment of media-encouraged fancy.)<br><br> At a recent bicycle-power meet, Bergeron was a painful talker. Yet, bad speaker that he was, his expand-public-transit presentation was also full of ideas and examples from around the world. (In fact, the worst presenters, I noticed, had the most to say; the suave presenters were almost content-free.)<br><br> Bergeron is head of the upstart <a href="http://projetmontreal.org/" target="_blank">Projet Montreal party.</a> Shockingly, the newbies won <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=630f3562-f08d-4e76-a852-003fa79f34e9&k=11226" target="_blank">a seat on city council.</a> Go make a fuss, tiger!<br><br> But this <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=c1f98622-cb62-4b4c-8af3-234f26df2c99" target="_blank">morning's paper</a> reveals a Bergeron opinion that the media missed the first time around: He's a 9/11 conspiracy nut who believes it possible that the Americans staged the airplane crashes in Pennsylvania and D.C. on September 11 in order to have an excuse to invade Iraq.<br><br> Er.<br><br> "It may be that what we witnessed on Sept. 11, 2001 was a simple act of state banditry of titanic proportions," Bergeron wrote in his 2005 book, <a href="http://www.lesintouchables.com/1-64qcvolant.htm" target="_blank">"Les Québécois au Volant, c'est Mortel."</a> And, recently contacted by a reporter, <a href="http://pat.blogue.canoe.com/2006/04/19/toute_l_entrevue_avec_richard_bergeron" target="_blank">he reiterated the theory!</a> Give him one for honesty. But zero for brains. <br><br> Bergeron is a local transit visionary. And whoop-whoop-whoopy-bonkers on international stuff. What to do, what to do. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4417" width="1" height="1">Hirsute power!http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/10/4375.aspxMon, 10 Apr 2006 19:20:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4375eleanor1http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4375.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4375Those outside of Quebec may not know that a lesbian is running for political office today. <a href="http://www.manonmasse.net/manon/index.htm" target="_blank">Manon Massé</a> is an out dyke, the very first candidate to run under the flag of the leftist <a href="http://www.quebecsolidaire.net/" target="_blank">Quebec Solidaire,</a> recently <a href="http://thelink.concordia.ca/article.pl?sid=06/02/06/196257" target="_blank">founded.</a><br><br> The provincial by-election is in the downtown Montreal riding of <a href="http://www.plq.org/en/nouvelles/20060307.html" target="_blank">Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques</a>, which includes the gay village. (Massé's not going to win, this is a <a href="http://www.martinlemay.org/" target="_blank">Parti Quebecois</a> stronghold, though formerly held by <a href="http://www.queerday.com/2005/sep/13/gay_quebec_legislator_andre_boulerice_quits_politics.html" target="_blank">a gay man.)</a><br><br> I do love Manon Massé's posters. If you get close enough, you can see every bleached <a href="http://www.opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/articles/2011.aspx" target="_blank">mustache hair.</a><img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4375" width="1" height="1">Enviromentalism manqu&#233;http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/04/07/4370.aspxFri, 07 Apr 2006 21:14:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4370eleanor1http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4370.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4370Re-usable shopping bags are now so "in" that every chain store in the city is handing out branded freebies. I have so many, I've begun to throw them away. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4370" width="1" height="1">Three way?http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/03/30/4333.aspxThu, 30 Mar 2006 16:32:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4333eleanor1http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4333.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4333Montrealers might not have to face the same contest in the next mayoral election. Twice now, we've had to choose between <a href="http://www.visionmtl.com/english/home.html" target="_blank">Pierre Bourque,</a> who thinks he was born to be king (one of his old slogans was along the lines of "mayor once, mayor forever"), and <a href="http://www.ucim.ca/en/indexGO.php" target="_blank">Gerald Tremblay,</a> a liar -- no wait, I retract that liar accusation, just as Tremblay retracted his city budget after introducing mondo tax increases when he promised he wouldn't.<br><br> Now <a href="http://www.marois.org/pqtaillon/" target="_blank">Pauline Marois,</a> who ran repeatedly for the leadership of the <a href="http://www.pq.org/nv/index.php" target="_blank">Parti Quebecois</a> and kept... losing, is apparently considering a bid for Montreal's top spot. She announced her resignation from provincial politics earlier this month. This morning's <a href="http://www.lapresse.com/article/20060330/CPACTUALITES/60330031/5032/CPACTUALITES" target="_blank">La Presse</a> says friends are trying to conscript her (code for "trial balloon"). Marois has had a distinguished career as Quebec's minister of just about everything during her party's on-again, off-again years in power. She lost the latest leadership campaign to the out, coke-snorting <a href="" target="_blank">André Boisclair.</a> Who outflanks Marois on the right. (Boisclair, by the way, has taken down <a target="_blank">his blog,</a> which just forwards to the PQ's official website. He's in now, and can't afford a misstep.)<br><br> Marois always looks snotty <a href="http://www.lapresse.com/article/20060330/CPACTUALITES/60330031/5032/CPACTUALITES" target="_blank">in photographs.</a> She really needs to work on that.<img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4333" width="1" height="1">My supperhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/03/23/4313.aspxFri, 24 Mar 2006 00:01:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4313eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4313.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4313A bowl of <a href="http://www.rokeach.com/" target="_blank">Rokeach</a> Homestyle <a href="http://www.rokeach.com/rokeach_product.asp?id=105&subid=128&productID=2494" target="_blank">Matzo Ball & Chicken Soup Mix.</a> "Contains no chicken."<br><br> And for dessert, a decorated gingerbread cookie concocted by London, Ontario's <a href="http://www.acoupleofsquares.com/" target="_blank">A Couple of Squares.</a> In fact, gingerbread cookies are the business's sole product. Mine came with a picture-perfect sugar-inked doggie. A <a href="http://www.acoupleofsquares.com/retailorder.asp?graphic=Corporate_Cookies.jpg" target="_blank">customized corporate cookie,</a> it was, ordered up by the woman behind the Vieux Montreal souvenir and Canuck old timey shop <a href="http://www.worndoorstep.com/" target="_blank">The Worn Doorstep.</a> The pup's name, if memory serves, is True2. (And there's a special section on the Doorstep website showcasing <a href="http://www.worndoorstep.com/customerdogs.html" target="_blank">customer canines.)</a><br><br> Proprietor <a href="http://www.nordicway.com/search/Quebec.htm" target="_blank">Lesley Forrester</a> asked us to watch the store -- and the dog -- while she popped into the loo. Our sudden, intimate complicity caused us to buy things (like moose-shaped pasta; very <i>heritage,</i> eh). The cookie, in trade.<br><br> The Notre Dame St. building, by the way, is haunted, by the spirit of a pregnant woman who bled to death after falling down the stairs. What, you were expecting a happy story...? <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4313" width="1" height="1">That's the magic numberhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/02/21/4179.aspxTue, 21 Feb 2006 16:05:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4179eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4179.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4179<a href="http://www.cyberpresse.ca/" target="_blank">La Presse</a> reporter Emilie Coté has touched on the newest pay-for-play <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2006/02/08/radio-payola-probe.html" target="_blank">payola scam</a> in the U.S. (a repeat of <a href="http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mpayola.html" target="_blank">the 1950s mess),</a> and looked at how a new tune finds airtime on the Montreal FM radio waves. Each week, stations like <a href="http://www.ckoi.com/" target="_blank">CKOI</a>, <a href="http://www.radioenergie.com/principal.asp?station=ckmf" target="_blank">Energie</a>, <a href="http://www.rythmefm.com/" target="_blank">Rythme FM</a> and <a href="http://www.rockdetente.com/" target="_blank">RockDetente</a> add two songs or, at most, three, to their playlists. And that's it. Now you know why commercial radio is impossible to listen to for more than five minutes at a time. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4179" width="1" height="1">Hometown brewhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/02/08/4164.aspxWed, 08 Feb 2006 14:40:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4164eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4164.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4164Some quick Montreal news.<br><br> <a href="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/index.html" target="_blank">Montreal Gazoo</a> columnist James Mennie notes that efforts to rename <a href="http://www.stcum.qc.ca/English/metro/a-m29.htm" target="_blank">Beaudry</a> subway station after the gay village are stalled. "It would appear the process of <a href="http://www.stcum.qc.ca/English/info/comm-03/a-co030926.htm" target="_blank">changing a metro station's name,</a> like the state of matrimony, is not to be entered into lightly."<br><br> Moving beyond the eye-rollingly tedious comparison: "For the past two years, the <a href="http://www.stcum.qc.ca/English/a-somm.htm" target="_blank">Montreal Transit Corp.</a> has slapped a moratorium on any name change....." <a href="http://www.montreal2006.org" target="_blank">World Outgames</a> folk are hoping for some action before June's gay sports and culture gumbo.<br><br> An inventory of historic Montreal buildings has been compiled by the city, and is available <a href="http://www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/patrimoine" target="_blank">en français ici.</a> Left out, this morning's paper notes, is the <a href="http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/milkbottle.htm" target="_blank">giant milk bottle</a> of Guaranteed Pure Milk Co. Ltd.<br><br> The Festival des Voix d'Ameriques schedule is <a href="http://www.fva.ca/" target="_blank">here.</a><br><br> The general interest news-and-think <a href="http://www.maisonneuve.org/" target="_blank">Maisonneuve mag</a> is giving up on international distribution. A year ago, I wrote a short piece for the media trade pub <a href="http://www.masthead.ca/" target="_blank">Masthead,</a> in which Maisonneuve publisher Derek Webster was quoted: "To be sustainable and important, a magazine has to be able to succeed in the U.S. as well.... Sticking a maple leaf on the cover is not going to make anybody buy it." Parochialism, he said, dooms magazines to thinking small and being small. At the time, Webster said Maisonneuve placed 5,000 copies on U.S. newstands.<br><br> Webster also seemed to think that regional publications were good things. They do "a better job of delivering the local market to advertisers" than do most national rags.<br><br> As of September, Maisonneuve will be <a href="http://www.maisonneuve.org/index.php?&page_id=37&news_id=82" target="_blank">a locally-focused bimonthly.</a> I look forward to an eclectic and broad-minded publication free of big baby politics. Montreal needs a decent local magazine. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4164" width="1" height="1">Roadsworth, abs, green rooftops...http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/01/27/4132.aspxFri, 27 Jan 2006 14:51:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4132eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4132.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4132And <a href="http://www.brokebackmountain.com/" target="_blank">Brokeback Mountain:</a> Straight girl seeks hot and graphic guy-on-guy sex on screen. Kissing and romantic storyline also required. Check out <a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/31333/" target="_blank">When Harry met Larry</a> (thanks for the link, Samantha!).<br><br> Lots of catching up to do today. Roadsworth, the Montreal spray painter, was facing some 50 charges because of his penchant for decorating street intersections and other assorted asphalt. No, he doesn't deface buildings, just <a href="http://zekesgallery.blogspot.com/2004/12/free-roadsworth.html" target="_blank">prettifies the streets.</a> A.k.a. Peter Gibson received an absolute discharge earlier this week, because public outrage forced a plea bargain with the City of Montreal. The sentence was 40 hours of community work, and Gibson's got to ask for permission before he spray paints flowers on the road. Plateau Mont Royal borough mayor <a href="http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=98,1482442&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL" target="_blank">Helen Fotopulos</a> took part in this travesty: remember this politician's need to control artwork in the streets during the next municipal election.<br><br> Montreal's Urban Ecology Centre has released its <a href="http://www.urbanecology.net/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=1&option=com_phpshop&Itemid=54&lang=en"> Green Roof Guide.</a> Seems to be in French only, but there's an <a href="http://www.urbanecology.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=79&lang=en" target="_blank">English section</a> on the site.<br><br> Unrealistic abs? Nah. <a href="http://canadianmags.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Canadian Magazines</a> reports: "An editor of Men's Health in Britain struck a blow against hypocrisy by undergoing a six-week transformation based on the kind of advice such magazines routinely give to readers. He came out the other end with a sculpted body and a cover story for which he was the subject." The <a href="http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/article/260106/from_fat_hack_to_sixpack" target="_blank">story's here.</a><br><br> <a href="http://www.community-media.com/wordpress/index.php" target="_blank">Three Squirrels in a Pressure Cooker</a> is on a roll this week.<br><br> That is all. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4132" width="1" height="1">All I need is the air that I breathehttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/archive/2006/01/11/4093.aspxWed, 11 Jan 2006 18:21:00 GMT1699ad35-f2dc-4638-baa9-b4a122144f8e:4093eleanor0http://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/comments/4093.aspxhttp://opinionatedlesbian.com/bulletin/opinionatedlesbian/commentrss.aspx?PostID=4093People hate advertising. But the screeching over the evils of a poster on a toilet stall door has always struck me as ridiculous. A retail or bar space is a place filled with advertising, some of it brand-name clothing and some of it billboards for tummy acid relief. Get over it.<br><br> And giant ads on trucks are actually funny. This opinion runs counter to that of public space moralists; they think that the ugliness of downtown streets in winter must remain unrelieved by a little skin or a suggestively spinning bottle o' booze on a moving flatbed -- both of which have been known to warm me up a titch. Nonetheless, public space moralists want it all banned.<br><br> Of course, stationary billboard advertising is restricted -- and I admit I'd be angry if there was a huge television logo bearing down on my backyard 24/7. So moving ads should be subjected to certain restrictions, too, I guess. Fairness and all.<br><br> But what kind of restrictions? "Welcome to the phenomenon of mobile billboards -- large truck-mounted ads driven solely for the purpose of advertising. Despite being a none-too-subtle medium, it seems to have slipped through the cracks and loopholes of advertising regulations to become a fixture on streets across Canada, including Toronto's gridlocked avenues," writes Nick Anapliotis <a href="http://www.spacing.ca/commerical-drive.htm " target="_blank">of Spacing.ca</a> (thanks to Toronto's <a href="http://www.eye.net/blog/" target="_blank">Eye mag blog</a> for the pointer), a group which regularly alternates lovely suggestions for reclaiming public space with a tedious need to dictate its own ideas of what's acceptable and what isn't.<br><br> "By-laws exist limiting the size of billboards and what type of advertising is suitable for a neighbourhood, but mobile billboards drive a hole right through such regulations. They go where they want to. Have a product that you want to push to the up-market set? Cruise on over to [posh T.O. 'hood] Yorkville. Got some new beverage that you want the club kids to be drinking while they’re out on the town? Head over to the club district.<br><br> "This sort of intrusiveness, as well as the associated negative environmental effects, has turned many people against mobile billboards. In Montreal, where more than 30 ad trucks roam the streets, various campaigns have tried to halt or limit their use. In 2002 a group calling themselves 'les decorateurs' began a direct-action campaign, attacking ad trucks with paint bombs and throwing spiked boards under the trucks’ tires.<br><br> "In June of 2003 the environmental group <a href="http://www.aqlpa.com/" target="_blank">l'Association quebecoise de lutte contre la pollution atmospherique</a> started collecting thousands of signatures urging the City of Montreal to enforce its ban on ad trucks. According to the group's figures, ad trucks operating in Montreal travel more than 2.3 million kilometres each year, and contribute harmful amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Despite existing by-laws prohibiting the use of mobile billboard trucks, the city has not taken any action, fearing any prohibition would not withstand a court challenge by the advertising companies."<br><br> Tedious, that public space thing being for all, isn't it? Goodness knows, no one should have to see an advertisement for 12 seconds as it zips by.... <i>Snork.</i><br><br> Ah, but the air I breathe, now there's something I will fight for, along with Spacing.ca. The Toronto ad trucks use biodiesel, which reduces fuel emissions. Let's start legislating there. If your raison d'etre involves zooming about the roads, you switch to electric trucks. And if they don't exist yet, you'd better demand that GM and Ford get going with a production line, cuz you're not back on the streets until then.<br><br><br> <a href="mailto:eleanorbrown@opinionatedlesbian.com">Feedback here.</a> I will post it. <img src="http://opinionatedlesbian.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4093" width="1" height="1">